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"Intense, dual narrative between two characters, one an asylum seeker, the other a translator, who knew each previously, she was known as "bait 455" and he a senior officer in the regime that ruthlessly tortured her. Now they are in different roles and still he wants something from her, atonement, not from from her but from his wife, the one even less likely to forgive than the victim. Full of tension, paranoia, need" 15 hours, 3 min ago

 

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"I always avoided poetry, thinking it the literary equivalent of green vegetables.

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Claire McAlpine is on page 117 of 144 of The Man Who Snapped His Fingers: Intense, dual narrative between two characters, one an asylum seeker, the other a translator, who knew each previously, she was known as "bait 455" and he a senior officer in the regime that ruthlessly tortured her. Now they are in different roles and still he wants something from her, atonement, not from from her but from his wife, the one even less likely to forgive than the victim. Full of tension, paranoia, need
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João Carlos is on page 221 of 288 of The Hidden Life of Trees:
"O ar da floresta é saudável?

O ar da floresta é a epítome da saúde. Quando alguém quer respirar a plenos pulmões ou praticar desporto numa atmosfera especialmente favorável, então vai para a floresta."

Não "conhecia" a palavra epítome.
Penso que não faz muito sentido a sua utilização...
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Barkskins: A Novel
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Barkskins is not a book to read in a rush. It took me one month to read it and I am all the more in awe of it for having had that time to reflect on its ambitious narrative, it's complex characters and the strong statements they represent through the ...more
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“Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”
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“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”
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Jules Verne
“The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides. The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion; it is the Living Infinite. ”
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“You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book… or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.”
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